Bhubaneswar: As many as 1603 Upper Primary (UP) Schools in the state will be merged with High Schools either in one campus or adjacent to each other with effect from September 1, Odisha government notified today.
State government took the decision following low enrollment in these schools for years, official sources said.
After merger, the entities will be named as Nodal High School after the name of the High School and classes up to Class VIII shall be treated as the Elementary Unit of the School and Class IX and X shall be treated as the Secondary Class, sources added.
According to a government notification, Balasore district has the highest number of UP schools that is 145 to be merged with its nearby High schools.
The tribal-dominated Malkangiri disteict has only one UP school to be merged.
Similarly, Cuttack has 135, Jajpur 120 and Mayurbhanj has 135 UP schools respectively to be joined with High schools located in the adjacent areas, the notification added.
Below is the complete list of districts having the number of UP schools that would be merged with adjacent high schools.
Angul(40), Balangir(55), Balasore(145), Bargarh(42), Bhadrak(107), Boudh(12), Cuttack(135), Deogarh(14), Dhenkanal (46), Gajapati(5), Ganjam(98), Jagatsinghpur(89), Jajpur(125), Jharsuguda (29), Kalahandi(27), Kandhamal(12), Kendrapara(114), Keonjhar(58), Khurdha(83), Koraput(15), Malkangiri(1), Mayurbhanj(120), Nabarangpur(3), Nayagarh(45), Nuapada(7), Puri(87), Rayagada(5), Sambalpur(32), Subarnapur(6) and Sundargarh(46).
Notably, there are about 21,000 UP schools and 6,193 government and aided secondary schools and 849 recognised high schools in the state now.